Japan In The Contemporary Middle East

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Overview

Japan is an economic power of global significance; it is also the world's largest single national importer of oil. These two facts alone are sufficient to indicate the significance of Japan's relationship with the Middle East. But in fact, Japan's particularly strong interests in the Middle East extend well beyond oil, and include banking, investment, and an increasing concern with economic assistance.
The studies in this book deal with the relevant period of the twentieth century and especially with the rapid transformation of Japan's relationship with the region since 1973. It provides access in English to the current economic and political analysis by Japanese specialists concerned with the Middle East, and it will assist anyone interested in Japan's relationship with the region. The dependence of Japan on Middle Eastern oil is examined together with the changing nature of Japan's energy consumption policies at home, and its involvement in joint ventures in the Middle East. Japan's role as a major provider of economic assistance is reviewed, and its future potential role in this area is emphasised.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Editorial conventions
1 Japan, the Middle East and the world economy: a note on the oil triangle 1
2 Japan and the Middle East: trade, international assistance and international relations 14
3 The Japanese trade contact with the Middle East: lessons from the pre-oil period 27
4 The changing structure of oil connections 54
5 The Iran-Japan petrochemical project: a complex issue 83
6 Japan's aid programme and the Middle East 94
Appendix: Japan's aid policy towards the Middle East following the Gulf Crisis 112
7 OECF and the Middle East 125
Appendix: Japan's aid experience with Egypt: a case study 138
8 Japan and the Middle East in the 1970s and early 1980s: a Japanese diplomat's view 144
9 Japan's relations with Israel 155
Notes 170
Index 183
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